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I loved the Huguenot Trilogy so I bought this book as well. It didn’t disappoint...I realize how superficial I sound; for that reason I usually don’t leave reviews, but I hope there will be more of these books to come...
Reviewed in the United States on November 28, 2019
Is it possible that the gift of a bible could have such far reaching consequences? Growing out of ‘The Huguenot Chronicles’, the story of May Stewart is an engaging, easy reading, swift moving tale of ‘privateers cum pirates’ on the high seas in the times when England, France and Spain duelled for imperial ascendancy. Didier Ducamp, a runaway French Lieutenant, and ‘privateer’ is the recipient of a bible from M. Delpec. A Huguenot bible, written not in Latin, but French. He finds his chosen lifestyle under challenge from the word of God. May Stewart, a sometime courtesan and spy is searching for a new start. Their paths cross on the high seas and together they learn the cost of ‘choosing your faith and your life’ as you see fit and ‘to be with the people whom you see as worthy’. A most enjoyable, uplifting read.
Reviewed in the United States on November 30, 2019
An exciting story of privateers, men a half step from being pirates, who have been given legal authority by the English to lay seige to all French ships. The side story that merges into and then becomes the main story is of a woman desperately trying to get to Charlestown to reunite with her daughter. I could not stop reading this book as with all of the previous books by Mr. Monk, who is wonderful writer! I am positive you will enjoy the clean action in this story as well as the historical accuracy.
Reviewed in the United States on November 29, 2019
I truly enjoyed this book. It had a very interesting story line and it was full of adventure. I found it to be a very unpredictable plot, which I loved. Mr. Monk really has a gift of writing, and can really bring history alive. I enjoy that the book is a fictional account but has some historical truth contained within the pages. I think that definitely adds to the authenticity of the story and makes it that much more entertaining. I am looking forward to reading more by this author. Whether or not a person is a history fan, I think they would still enjoy reading this entertaining novel.
Reviewed in the United States on November 27, 2019
Monk delivers an engaging tale in the novel, May Stuart. This well-researched adventure brings to light some of the perils of sea travel in the 17th century. Privateers and pirates abound in this exciting and fascinating story. A good historical fiction. I received a copy of this book for an honest review.
An intriguing and enthralling tale of historical events. Mr. Monk has once again woven history into a wonderful tale with like-able, if not somewhat broken, characters. We are all broken - it's what we do with these experiences that defines us. Mr. Monk has written a defining tale. I received an ARC of the book. This is my honest and voluntary review.
This book was very exciting. Mr. Monk revisited people we met in his trilogy about the reformation. At times the story was gruesome in places but since it dealt with piracy and thieving that is normal. We learn the fate of some of the old characters. Wonderful ending.
I enjoyed this historical fiction novel written by Paul C.R. Monk. While there were plenty of details, I never felt that I got bogged down in the descriptions of the people, the times, or the locations. I especially appreciated that the various events never got too explicit, e.g., battle scenes. The characters were believable with some more likable than others. The ending came together as I had hoped, and as I had thought it would. I received an ARC for a review.